We covered the FA Cup and the exploits of Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu in Greece, but there were three other foreign-based Americans who turned in performances worth noting this past weekend.
Leading the way was U.S. midfielder Jose Francisco Torres, who shook off a recent hamstring injury to score the winner—on a gorgeous free kick six minutes from time—in Pachuca’s 5-3 victory over Puebla. Here are the highlights from that goal-fest (note the header for Puebla by MLS alum Carlos Ruiz):
Michael Bradley had a stellar game for Borussia Moenchengladbach as it downed relegation-battling FC Nurnberg 2-1. The American midfielder sprung Marco Reus behind the Nurnberg defense with a perfect through ball in the 27th minute. Reus rounded the keeper and cut the ball back for Roberto Colautti to punch in for the opening goal. Bradley went the full 90; the win moves the Foals into 11th place in the Bundesliga.
In Scotland, Yank winger DaMarcus Beasley returned to action for the first time since December, starting and playing the first half of league-leading Rangers’ 3-0 win over third-place Hibernian. According to Yanks Abroad, Beasley troubled Hibs with his speed in the early going, drawing several free kicks. Beasley’s teammate and fellow Yank Maurice Edu dressed but did not play.
On the downside, U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber picked up an ankle injury and limped out of a training session with his Danish club Aarhus today. He’s awaiting x-ray and MRI results for a clearer prognosis.